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Saturday, January 19, 2013

“101 Optimal Life Foods” by David Grotto is full of delicious ways to a balanced body & mind

David Grotto, RD, LDN is a registered dietician with over 20 years of clinical experience to help you live a healthier life. In Section One of his book, he shows how to incorporate optimal foods for what ails you – skin, circulation, pain, nervous system, excretory system, bones, and vision. David shares some statistics of the problem or disorder. He defines the problem or disorder and talks about the optimal life foods, supplements, and triggers for the problem at hand. A 3-day meal plan of the optimal food for each problem/disorder is provided at the end. Some of the menu items have a preparation time. I would suggest trying the meal plans on a weekend when you have time to fully prepare the menu. Some items can be made ahead of time, but some need to be made and eaten right away due to the fresh fruit and vegetables that are included in the recipes.

David has incorporated recipes from all over – from manufacturers to cookbooks to restaurants. Here are the five recipes I tried:

In the Beverages section, Apple-Soy Chai Latte, courtesy of SOYJOY, was very interesting. The flavor was wonderfully refreshing and yet wonderful for a cold winter’s day. The chai tea flavor was subtle, which was fine with me as I am not a big tea drinker. The one problem I found with this recipe is that adding the soy milk in the sauce pan caused the soy milk to break. I think I would add it separately after taken off the heat but before serving so the soy milk can retain its smooth creamy texture when drinking. I would definitely make this again with the revision step with the soy milk.


To read more and see slideshow, please visit: http://www.examiner.com/review/101-optimal-life-foods-is-full-of-delicious-ways-to-a-balanced-body-mind

Mahalo,

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